RAMALLAH, July 2 (JMCC) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders met with Jordan's king for over two hours Tuesday, Jordanian sources told the website Quds.net. The trilateral summit took place despite an ongoing moratorium on direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas
has refused to meet directly with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
as long as settlement
construction continues. More recently, under pressure to move to direct talks, Abbas has said that Israel
must provide positive indicators on the issues of borders before he would give his approval.
Officially, the offices of King Abdullah and Netanyahu confirmed that the two held talks.
The meeting focused on how to make progress to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, based on a two-state solution, in a regional context, said a statement from the Jordan News Agency, known as Petra. Read
Comprehensive security and stability were stressed, the statement said, as was the need for effective and immediate steps to launch direct peace talks.
The prime minister's office said the meeting, which lasted more than two hours, addressed the desire to advance peace, security and prosperity in the region, as well as the wish for direct, serious and effective negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
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